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CricketForce hit for six by Build Center’s support

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Mike Gatting with Build Center key account manager Peter Young during NatWest CricketForce 2008

Build Center is geared up for NatWest CricketForce 2009, as an official supporter of the event for the third year running.

The England and Wales Cricket Board’s nationwide event encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to volunteer to undertake major renovations to their local clubhouse and grounds.

Construction materials merchant Build Center, part of the Wolseley group, is offering all cricket clubs registered to NatWest CricketForce 2009 the opportunity to sign up to its privilege card to receive up to 70 per cent discount on a wide range of building materials throughout the year.

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ECB's Mike Gatting with Build Center regional trading director David Young at the ECB’s visit to Wolseley’s Sustainable Building Center

David Young, Build Center regional trading director, said: “We are looking forward to supporting this hugely successful event and giving something back to the local communities which we serve. In addition to the significant product discounts, many of our employees from Build Center branches across the UK will be volunteering and getting involved with the refurbishment projects at their local cricket clubs.

“We are also donating Lafarge Cement, Knauf Plasterboard and Marshalls Paving to many cricket clubs across the country in the lead up to the main CricketForce event on 3, 4 and 5 April 2009. In addition, Build Center has been running regular competitions in ECB’s newsletter, giving clubs the chance to win hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers for building products.”

Dave Leighton, ECB club programmes manager, added: “NatWest CricketForce has grown year-on-year and the support of companies such as Build Center is integral to its success. The 2008 event involved approximately 85,000 volunteers making improvements to more than 1,350 registered cricket clubs across England and Wales.”

The NatWest CricketForce activity is part of Build Center’s ongoing successful relationship with the ECB. In September 2008, a large group of representatives from the organisation visited Wolseley’s Sustainable Building Center in Leamington Spa to learn more about the sustainable products and renewable technologies available to them.

David Young added: “Cricket clubs are realising the benefits of sustainability and how energy efficient products can be used practically in both new build and refurbishment projects to improve energy efficiency - ultimately helping save clubs’ running costs and enabling more money to be invested in the development of their teams.”